Sprint into Spring 2019

Sprint Into Spring is back and so are the popular Sprint, Hill Climb and Overall Winner jerseys!

Orienteering Victoria’s “Sprint Into Spring” events are short distance, fast paced races held in small, self-contained areas with many complex features, such as parks or campuses. Maps are full colour and large scale, with a high level of detail. Sprint Into Spring is ideal for newcomers of all ages, and a great adventure experience for the whole family. First time? Click here to find out what to expect at a Sprint race, and what to bring along.

Courses: choose any of our three courses / five classes:

Course Difficulty Distance Classes
MO Long Hard approx 3.0-3.5 km MO – Men
MO – Women
SALLY Short Hard approx 2.0-2.5 km SALLY – Men
SALLY – Women
USAIN Easy approx 2.0-2.5 km USAIN – Men/Women
(Note: combined class)

 

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2019 Jersey Points and Jersey Holders

2019 JERSEY POINTS RACE 1 AND 2

Jersey Holders Yellow Green Polkadot
Mo Men Aston Key Shane Mallia Peter Hodkinson
Mo Women Natasha Key Sarah Love Erin van der Peet
Sally Men Daniel Stott Dale Taverna Lachlan Feuerherdt
Sally Women Belinda Lawford Samantha Love Milla Key
Usain Men/Women Luke Feuerherdt Joshua Feuerherdt Evan Gavens

Sprint into Spring Maps & Wraps

Edgewater Maps & Wrap

Maps

Mo

Sally

Usain

Results

course results

winsplits

Event Wrap
A Friday evening race was a first for Sprint Into Spring, as 2019’s first two events were also part of the Melbourne City Race Weekend.  The races drew out the locals, interstaters and internationals, all eager to vie for the first Jersey points of the series.

Course planner Judi’s brief was to set longer courses than normal, to fit the City Race theme; and to use a mix of campus, parkland and streets.  She met that perfectly, and more.  We started with a novel “tunnel crawl” before being thrown straight into VU’s always-confusing campus. Relief seemed in sight as we headed into the park, but no – it was up and down the terraces, count off the steps, get your angles right; then the brutal hill climb, followed all too quickly by a long sprint leg.  In our oxygen depleted state we had to refocus to navigate back through the arena and playground, providing great spectating.  Then unfold our maps to see some long legs up to the north. No time for resting – on with the job!  A great mix of terrain and race styles was a suitable kickoff to the weekend.

Mo – junior World Champ Aston Key sizzled around the course in 18 minutes, well clear of Brodie Nankervis and Todd Neve. 4th to 7th were all within seconds of each other, showing the class of this year’s contenders.  A welcome return by Shane Mallia saw him claim the Green Jersey, while another familiar face from the UK, Peter Hodkinson, wears the Polkadot.
No surprise to see a win to Tash Key, but Asha Steer and Liis Johanson were not too far behind.  Sarah Love, stepping up a course this year, grabbed both Green and Polkadot legs, but the red jersey goes to Erin van der Peet (under our rules you can only have one jersey at a time).

Sally – this course has grown considerably and today was our most popular.  Tim Hatley took the honours in 19 minutes, with relative newcomer Daniel Stott hard on his heels, and junior Lachlan Feuerherdt throwing down a challenge in third. In a great all around performance, Daniel won both Sprint and Hill climb, but Lachlan has the red jersey for race 1.
Top sprinter Belinda Lawford finished first, ahead of Sophie Taverna and Milla Key, who are both in fantastic form coming off their Aus Champs week.  Sammy Love tied with Milla on the sprint, while Sammy won the climb outright.

Usain – this year we’ve combined Men and Women on our shortest course. Our winners were Luke and Joshua Feuerherdt, then Frederick Muth. Luke also won the sprint and hill climb legs in another great all-around performance.

Kensington Maps & Wrap

Maps

Mo

Sally

Usain

Results

course results

winsplits

Event Wrap

This is the first time we have used a map of a complex suburban street network for a Sprint into Spring event. The area is well known to the Western Park Street competitors and it has long been thought of as a potential Sprint area with its maze of laneways, parks, and old stock fences. So this year we decided to place it in the program, and Fredrik and Ted got into action to draw the map and set the courses.
Setting up for the event took a lot longer than usual for a number of reasons. Due to the permit conditions, most controls had to be placed on trestles which are very time consuming to assemble, locate and lock. It was also found that parking is at a minimum (i.e. non-existent) in this area so most trestles had to be walked in from the arena. The set up crew didn’t quite make it in time for the advertised start – but thank you all for being patient and waiting.
Each course provided a mix of short sharp legs and longer ones, each providing its own puzzle for route choice. Surprisingly the leg that seemed to catch out a lot of people was the sprint leg, where the control at the end of the leg was placed behind a concrete block. There were plenty of tales of competitors running straight past, across the bluestone street cobblestones to find themselves alongside the next control.
After two events the jersey ladders are showing there is a lot of competition in all the jersey categories. The competition continues this Saturday at Kurunjang – and yes the course planner, Michael, has managed to find a really good hill climb on what is a flat area. The event starts a little later at 2pm, due to some exams on campus in the morning. Come along and enjoy!

 

Sprint into Spring 2019 Events

Fri 11 October - Race 1 Edgewater

Race 1 Edgewater

Register from 5 pm Start anytime between 5.45 pm and 7.00 pm Course closure is at 7.30 pm. This is a middle distance urban sprint with course lengths being longer than is standard for Sprint into Spring. Parking is available adjacent to the arena Public transport - from the CBD,  take a train to Footscray Station (Sunbury, Werribee or Williamstown lines), then walk 1.5 km via Leeds St, Barkley St, Nicholson St, and then down lane way beside Victoria University to Burndap Park.

Date: Start Time:
Friday 11th October 2019 5:45 pm
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Burndap Park, Farnsworth Avenue, Footscray Entries Open
Terrain Description

Complex network of local streets and lanes with parkland, and a small but complex campus.

Sat 12 October - Race 2 Kensington

Race 2 Kensington

Register from 1pm Start anytime between 1.30 pm and 2.45 pm Course closure is at 3.30pm A single portable toilet will be available at the car parking area. Parking is limited ( view diagram on Sprint into Spring 2019 home page). Public transport - from the CBD, take a train to South Kensington Station (Sunbury, Werribee or Williamstown lines). Walk 1.3 km - go west along Childers St (alongside JJ Holland Park), then cross Kensington Road onto Hobsons Road. Follow Hobsons Road to the river, and turn right under the walking bridge. Follow path along the river approx 150m and turn right onto path to the arena. Club tents and Flags No tent pegs or stakes for club flags are allowed to be placed into the ground in the park. This is a condition of the event permit which we ask you please respect.

Date: Start Time:
Saturday 12th October 2019 1:30 pm
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Riverside Park, Smithfield Road, Kensington Entries Open
Terrain Description

Complex network of local streets and parks.

Sat 19 October - Race 3 Kurunjang Secondary College

Race 3 Kurunjang Secondary College

Register from 1pm Start anytime between 2.00 pm and 3.15 pm Parking is in the area between the Kurunjang recreation reserve and the college (same place as the last event there), then follow the signs around the outside of the college via Centenary Ave to the main entrance of the college in Kurunjang Dr to the arena.There is no entry to the College prior to your run. There are exams being held on campus, so even if you see gates open do not short cut through the college. Toilet facilities A single toilet is available at the back of the building at the Kurunjang Reserve, or alternatively stop at the Caltex Station at the round-about when you enter the suburb. Please do not use the toilet facilities within the reserve club rooms - these are not public facilities. Community Festival There is a community festival being held at the Kurunjang Community Hub on Saturday. So on your course you may encounter people moving around of this centre - please respect other pedestrians and give them the right of way.

Date: Start Time:
Saturday 19th October 2019 2:00 pm
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Centenary Avenue, Kurunjang, Melton Entries Open
Terrain Description

Complex secondary school campus

Sat 26 October - Race 4 Eltham College

Race 4 Eltham College

Register from 1pm Start anytime between 1.30 pm and 2.45 pm

Date: Start Time:
Saturday 26th October 2019 1:30 pm
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Main Road, Research Entries Open
Terrain Description

Complex campus

Sat 9 November - Race 5 Cornish College

Race 5 Cornish College

Register from 1pm Start anytime between 1.30 pm and 2.45 pm

Date: Start Time:
Saturday 9th November 2019 1:30 pm
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Riverend Road, Bangholme Entries Open
Terrain Description

School campus and parkland

Sat 16 November - Race 6 Oxley College

Race 6 Oxley College

Register from 1pm Start anytime between 1.30 pm and 2.45 pm

Date: Start Time:
Saturday 16th November 2019 1:30 pm
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Old Melbourne Road, Chirnside Park Entries Open
Terrain Description

School campus and grounds

Sat 23 November - Race 7 Darebin Parklands

Race 7 Darebin Parklands

Register from 1pm Start anytime between 1.30 pm and 2.45 pm

Date: Start Time:
Saturday 23rd November 2019 1:30 pm
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Separation Street, eastern end, Alphington Entries Open
Terrain Description

Complex inner city parkland

Sat 30 November - Sprint into Spring presentations and POP-UP Sprint

Sprint into Spring presentations and POP-UP Sprint

Venue to be announced closer to the event

Date: Start Time:
Saturday 30th November 2019 1:30 pm
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Entries Open

Victorian Sprint Championships – Kardinia International College

The Victorian Sprint championships are usually held as the finale of the Spring into Spring series, however the venue desired is only available on the 17th November, so we have brought the champs forward.
Kardinia International College was last used in 2016 as part of the Melbourne Sprint Weekend and we have been keen to return ever since then.

Victorian Sprint Championships

Sun 17 November - Victorian Sprint Championships, Kardinia International College

Victorian Sprint Championships, Kardinia International College

Online pre-entry is required via Eventor and start times will be pre-allocated. Details on available grades will be available on Eventor shortly

Date: Start Time:
Sunday 17th November 2019
Start Location: Status Event Form:
Ballarat Road, Bell Post Hill, Geelong Entries Open
Terrain Description

Very complex campus.

Sprint into Spring 2019 Brochure

View the brochure online here

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Sprint Into Spring 2018

2018 marked the sixth year of the series. Have a look at all the action, winners and maps from 2018

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Sprint Into Spring 2017

In 2017 we had some brand new course setters, plus the series first multi-level sprint. Refresh your memory here.

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